It’s not the moon landing, alien visitation or 9/11.
The most popular conspiracy theories revolve around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, according to New York Magazine staff writer Ben Wallace-Wells. He penned a cover story on the subject that hits newsstands on Monday.
“There’s literally bookshelves that you could fill with totally wild speculation about who killed JFK,” Wallace-Wells said Friday on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos.”
And the JFK assassination isn’t just popular, it gave birth to a new, systematic approach to conspiracy theories, where people would endlessly pick apart an event, according to Wallace-Wells.
“A style of conspiracy theory is born,” he said. “This kind of witheringly logical way in which conspiracy theorists sort of document every single little inconsistency between one person’s account of events and others, when they look at photographic evidence and try to break down, are the shadows off, is there another figure on the hill.”
“You don’t see anything like this before the JFK assassination,” he said. “Afterward, it becomes every conspiracy theory is sort of shot through that lens.”
Watch the conversation on “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” Friday at 8 p.m. ET.